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Our sponsor this week is @MAX SyncUp, a great tool that helps you back up your data. It allows you to create backups or synchronize your files to lots of places, including your Google Drive cloud storage.

Losing data is a heart rending affair but being on top of your data isn’t a cake walk either. Just figuring out which parts of your data need to be updated is tedious.

This is where @MAX SyncUp comes in. You can create incremental backups that allow saving and recovering file versions. Backups may be saved as locally as well as in the Internet on the FTP-servers or to Google Drive as well.

You can also execute bi-directional synchronization of a PC with a laptop or android-smartphone. It may be started manually, scheduled or in according with specified events as change of files or when connecting an external drive — a nifty feature to have.

Speaking of nifty features, you can set up non-standard synchronization with Google Drive, e.g., for several folders or several accounts, update a web site using FTP or compare and synchronize two folders in a few clicks. The app has numerous options for nice setting and it’s small-sized and has fairly low system requirements.

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We all know the classic Biblical tale of the Tower of Babel – Humanity, looking to prove its worth and prowess in the field of fancy architecture, decides to construct the largest tower ever, which seemed like a rather decent idea. God, on the other hand, wasn’t too pleased about this, and decided to crush humanity’s efforts in a rather unorthodox fashion; by bestowing upon the workers the ‘gift’ of multiple languages. As Google Translate was not quite available at the time, the project had to be scrapped due to the obvious ensuing communications issues. It remains a classic story of the price of hubris, and has been adapted into a rather light-hearted game, which has now made its way to Windows Phone.

The port, brought to us by Ubisoft, is more than a fitting homage to the source material. Not in any way because it is a well-made title, though! On the contrary, Babel Rising can sadly only be described as a disaster of Biblical Proportions, one that not a thousand prayers could give salvation to. Read on to see how Babel Rising would steer even the devil himself away.

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A year back, if you’d told me that Microsoft would beat Apple in unifying all your devices I would’ve laughed at your face. Plus, knowing Microsoft of the past, one would’ve expected them to botch it up, even if that were true. When legendary Allard, godfather of Xbox, quit the company, everyone, including me, started screaming that MS’s future is on the brink of destruction.

But this new Microsoft under Ballmer had other plans in mind. It was evident when they launched WP7. It was not just another wrapper on their old broken mobile engine. Rather it was a completely thought through, totally revamped product, focused on improving your experience. It turned out to be one of the best mobile platforms and the user experience is particularly phenomenal.

Still, even for Microsoft, Windows 8 is a greater leap, and far from their comfort zone. Many people are still looking out for the Start button, while others are busy calling names. Amidst all this hoopla, Windows 8 was launched recently and Microsoft has been under incredible pressure. It’s facing a never seen before competition from Apple and Google, threatening to erode it completely. Today we’re going to take a look at the challenges faced by Microsoft.

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Well, it’s happened. Windows 8 is finally upon us and anyone buying a new PC can expect to find the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system installed and anyone else keen to get their hands on the most recent OS can do so through various channels.

The release of any operating system is greeted with excitement and interest, but the new visual style of Windows 8, and the new options that are available to software developers, means that this is particularly this time around.

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Winner Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway. I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:

@darkwoof
@mrtnway
@Musicarta

Congratulations again to the lucky winners — please get in touch at windows [at] appstorm [dot] net. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions and giveaways!

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Windows 8 has finally been released by Microsoft, an operating system that is a surprisingly big overall advancement of the software and one that is perfect for tablets. However, since it’s initial announcement, a culture of smaller, seven-inch tablets has emerged that might just pose a threat to Microsoft and Windows 8.

Especially with Apple’s launch of the iPad mini (creatively launched to presales at the same time and date as Windows 8 itself), we’re going to take a look at what Google, Amazon and Apple’s effort might do to hinder the very potential of Windows 8.

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We’re excited to let you know about the latest addition to the Tuts+ family — Crafttuts+!

Crafttuts+ is focused on teaching everything crafty — fundamental craft skills, decorations, ceramics, crochet, jewellery-making, embroidery, candles, paper-craft, knitting, woodwork, printmaking, as well as how to market, sell, and promote your craft work.

Whether you’ve never even wondered about your crafty side, or consider yourself an expert, we’ve got you covered! Keep reading to learn a little bit more about what we’ll be offering on the site…

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We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in October. Whether you’re interested in Mac, iPhone, Web, Android, Windows, or iPad apps, there’s bound to be something you didn’t spot over the course of the month. Now would be a good time to explore a part of the AppStorm Network you’ve never seen before!

Thanks for reading AppStorm, and I hope you enjoy looking over some of our favourite posts from last month!

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It has been well over two years now since Microsoft’s bold new square-centric foray into the world of smartphones was unveiled in the form of Windows Phone 7, and the accompanying Metro UI. Both operating system and UI were well-received, but their long term success was met with scepticism in the face of the titans of Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android. Today, we’ve seen the rough start for Windows Phone blossom into a serious mobile competitor for iOS and Android, one that is continuing to thrive and grow as the two tech titans thrash and brawl; We’ve seen the quadratic-laden Metro UI sneak its way onto the Xbox 360, Microsoft’s own Zune MP3 player software for Windows PC’s, and now onto the next iteration of Microsoft’s Windows PC operating system.

In the wake of the impending release of both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, which should prove to be a make-or-break launch for Microsoft in terms of both its grip on the market and impression on the mobile space, we’ve seen the lead players in the tech world step forward with their eager contributions to the oncoming pair of OS’s, and I’m here to take a look at the most intriguing of the bunch.

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Twitter clients are all the rage with app developers. One visit to the Anroid Play Store will prove that. Surprisingly, most of them have decided to stay away from Windows. Rowi is one of those first wave of apps which broke the barrier and embraced Windows with zero compromise to the user experience.

Today we’re going to talk with the wonderful people at Rowi to find the story behind Rowi, their experience with the ecosystem and much more. Join us after the jump to find out.

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